New Mexico state representatives voted Thursday to repeal a state law that allows people to get New Mexico driver’s licenses even if they’re in the country illegally. Some observers see this as a political battle in which winning the war isn’t as important as fighting the battle.
Pointing to several examples of fraud, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez asked state lawmakers again this year to stop allowing immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally to get driver’s licenses here.
Federal law prohibits employers from forcing workers to join unions in order to get jobs.
But in New Mexico, unions can negotiate a fair share agreement. Workers who benefit from what a union has done–negotiated for better wages, for example–can then be required to pay some fees to the union, even if they aren’t dues-paying members.
In 2011, writer Philip Connors recounted his experiences as a wilderness lookout in southwestern New Mexico in the award-winning field narrative, "Fire Season." In a new memoir, "All the Wrong Places, A Life Lost and Found," published this month by Norton, Connors reveals the family tragedy that set him on a journey of discovery and introspection that eventually led to the solace of that 50-foot tower. Philip Connors signs copies of the new book on February 19 at Bookworks in Albuquerque and on February 20 at Collected Works in San
You’ve heard of James Boyd, the homeless man who was killed by Albuquerque police last year. But you might not have heard of Len Fuentes. He, too, was mentally ill when he brandished a knife and was shot and killed by APD.
Fuentes’ mom said she had found mental health care for her son, but it was three days too late.
They don’t have big expense accounts or cozy relationships with powerful lawmakers. They don’t even know where the bathroom is. They’re citizen lobbyists, and they got some training at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe Wednesday.
Members of 20 conservation groups converged on the state capitol and a few dozen of them attended a training session held by the Sierra Club.
They were teachers, writers and retired engineers, passionate about ending coyote-killing contests, cleaning up uranium mines and preventing the diversion of the Gila River.
The City of Albuquerque quietly started bulldozing a six-foot wide trail through sensitive areas of the Rio Grande bosque on Tuesday.
Advocates with the Bosque Action Team (BAT) who want to preserve the area’s wildlife habitats are up in arms about the new construction, calling for protection of the delicate ecosystem in the forest along the river.
Wednesday was the last day for homeless people living in a tent city to leave their camp on 1st Street in downtown Albuquerque. Most of the camp’s occupants have already moved out.
About five occupied tents remain just north of Albuquerque’s rail yards. Not long ago 35 tents had spread along this strip of city property, prompting complaints from neighbors and support from advocates.
Vandalism Found In Petroglyph National Monument – The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal
Graffiti and other vandalism have been found in a section of the Petroglyph National Monument in west Albuquerque.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that monument Superintendent Dennis Vásquez was exploring a section of the monument last week when he found debris, evidence of campfires, motorcycle tracks and graffiti.
UPDATE 2/12: All told, the BLM ended up receiving about 30,000 comments on the proposed Piñon Pipeline. That's according to Victoria Barr of the BLM's Farmington Field Office who discussed oil and gas development in northwestern New Mexico on the KUNM Call In Show.
National Rife Association members joined Quakers and a slew of other people at a committee hearing at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe this weekend to comment on a bill that would have required universal background checks at gun shows in New Mexico. The bill was defeated on a party line vote, but the issue is likely to stick around.
Skeptical lawmakers rejected a proposal Monday that would have given the public more information about lobbying at the state Legislature.
The bill (HB 155) would have required lobbyists to divulge their salaries, file reports of their estimated and actual lobbying expenses, and list the issues—but not the exact bills—they are working on.
Oil and gas development may be moving closer to Chaco Canyon National Historical Park and the many tribal communities in northwestern New Mexico. Residents there, along with archaeologists and advocates, are questioning the burgeoning development.
What effect might encroachment have upon these communities? What about nearby ancient sites? How can we strike a balance between modern day energy needs, healthy communities and the preservation of ancient sites?
New Mexico Website Drops Easy Scanning Feature On Lobbyists – The Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican
New Mexico's online system for tracking lobbyists' spending on legislators is not as transparent as it used to be.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that a recent change in the website operated by the Secretary of State's Office no longer makes it easy to scan reports in which lobbyists must report expenditures larger than $500 within 48 hours.
Public art projects such as this downtown Albuquerque mural are popular ways to connect with our heritage. Bernalillo County and local artists hope to welcome visitors to the South Valley with a Latino themed installation.
Gwyneth Doland chatted with Chris Boros about happenings at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe this week. It's part of our People, Power and Democracy project, a reporting partnership between KUNM, New Mexico In Depth and New Mexico PBS.
Ski passes. Dinner parties. Meals during committee hearings. Basketball and football tickets.
Individual lobbyists spent more than $1.6 million on gifts, meals and entertainment for New Mexico’s elected officials and staff in the four years from 2011 through 2014. Most of that went to the lawmakers in the New Mexico Legislature, but other elected officials and staffers benefitted too.
Over the same period businesses and organizations spent more than $379,000 directly to fete elected officials with parties, golf passes and more.
The Bernalillo County jail’s chief resigned more than nine months ago. Phillip Greer filled the position last month at the Metropolitan Detention Center, the 39th biggest jail in the country. Greer hails from Minnesota, where he was the executive director of corrections for three counties, and he has a background in assuring jails comply with national standards.
Despite the vocal support of a group of religious leaders, a legislative panel decided on a party-line vote Wednesday to set aside two proposals (HB 24 and HB36) that would have limited interest rates on short-term loans.